Accommodation in Barcelona
Accommodation in Barcelona is among the most expensive in Spain and finding vacancy can be very difficult, especially around the time of any festivals like Easter or trade fairs. You are advised to book in advance, especially if you want to stay in a particular district or accommodation or are coming to Barcelona during major holidays.The occupancy rate for Barcelona is around 84% all year so plan ahead and get a great deal.
First you should decide if you want to stay in a hotel or in an apartment. Apartments are recommended for groups of 2 or more and if you want to have an original Barcelona experience. The more travelers there are in your group the cheaper the apartment becomes. Apartments offer more space, privacy and amenties than a hotel in Barcelona and are the best choice for stays more than 4 nights.Hotels are for travelers who would like their room serviced, a restaurant, room service, someone on call and are staying for a short period of time.
Moreover you should know something about the different districts of Barcelona because there are also areas, which are not as safe as others during particular hours (find further information about that under “Safety”.
How to find an address in Barcelona
The main address abbreviations used in Barcelona are:
c/ - carrer (street)
Avgda. – Avinguda (avenue)
Pg. – Passeig (more a boulevard than a street)
Bxda. – Baixada (alley)
Ptge. – Pasatge (passage)
Pl. – Placa (square)
Catalan addresses are written as: c/Avenida de Madrid 95-97, 3o – which means Dolors Masferrer street no. 95-97, third floor.You may also see “esquerra” which means an apartment or office is on the left-hand on the stairwell; “dreta” means right; “centro” center; “s/n” means it´s a building without a number (sense número). Building numbers run from south to north and from west to east.